Air fryer baked potatoes are no-fuss and easy to make. Skip heating up the whole oven and end up with crispier potato skin by using an air fryer instead, just the crispy skin you get with my air fried chicken!
Why not try Potato Lefse or The Perfect Salty, Crispy Roasted Hassleback Potatoes for more tasty potato recipes?
Air Fryer Baked Potato
The simple baked potato is a much-loved side dish or easy lunch for a reason. Somehow, through the magic of potato science, baking a good potato turns it into something so incredibly delicious that it really only needs salt to be the perfect side dish.
The trouble with a baked potato, though, is just how long it takes in your oven! And the microwave just doesn’t cut it, you end up with soggy skin, which defeats the entire purpose of baking potatoes in the first place!
The air fryer changes alllll that!
Air Fryer Baked Potato Ingredients
• Medium potatoes
• canola oil
• flaked sea salt
How To Make Air Fryer Baked Potato
• Wash the potatoes thoroughly and scrub to ensure the skin is totally clean
• Pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture
• In a medium bowl, add the canola oil and toss the potatoes in the oil
• Rub the salt over the surface of the potatoes and then place in the air fryer basket
• Fry for 30 minutes at 400 Fahrenheit, flipping about halfway through
• Test for doneness by poking it with a fork and then serve
Why Use An Air Fryer?
An air fryer is one of those appliances that has done the rounds on social media and has become something of a trendy thing to have in your kitchen at the moment.
However, despite people’s complaints about the air frying being basically just a small oven, it is actually really useful for making small amounts of food very quickly.
The main advantage of the air fryer is the fact that it is a lot more convenient and quick than using a regular oven.
The air currents used in the air fryer ensure that your baked potato is not only evenly cooked but it has a dry and crispy skin and totally soft, tender insides as well.
The other main advantage is that you don’t have to preheat it! You can just turn it on and use it whenever you want. Plus, you barely have anything to clean!
When you bake potatoes in a regular oven, you have to wrap them on foil, spread loads of oil on it, and usually end up with the oil dripping everywhere, meaning you need to clean a baking tray.
Thanks to the air fryer, you can skip all that mess and just wipe down the inside of the air fryer after it cools down.
It isn’t just faster, but it is so much easier as well.
What Kind Of Potatoes Should You Use For This Recipe?
Baked potatoes are one of those dishes that, while incredibly simple and a mainstay of many households, really does require a certain type of produce.
Though many people like to think that all potatoes are interchangeable, there is actually a really big difference between all of the different varieties of potatoes.
The two main factors that influence a given potato variety’s taste and texture are its level of waxiness and how much starch it has.
For baked potatoes, you want a potato type with as much starch as possible but with as little waxiness as you can find. This means no King Edwards or those waxy little new potatoes you can find at the farmer’s market.
No, the best potato for making any kind of baked potato dish is the simple Russet. Full of delicious starch and usually large enough to let you cook one per person, the Russet potato is the perfect baking potato.
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- 4 medium potatoes
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- flaked sea salt (to taste)
- Wash potatoes thoroughly and scrub to ensure skin is clean. Pat dry with paper towel to remove excess moisture (the most moisture, the longer they will take to air fry).
- If your air fryer is the type that needs preheating, do it now, set to 400 °F.
- Place the potatoes in a medium-sized bowl and drizzle the oil on top. Toss the potatoes in the oil until covered completely.
- Rub each potato with sea salt to coat.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket, ensuring that they aren't touching each other to allow for airflow and fry for 30 minutes at 400°F.
- Flip the potatoes over usng tongs and fry for an additional 10-15 minutes. Test for doneness by poking with a fork. When the potatoes are easily pierced they are done.
- Remove and serve.
- Canola oil is a neutral-flavored oil. You can use olive oil, but know that it does get a slightly bitter taste when roasted.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.